d1t01 - Help On The Way ->
d1t02 - Slipknot! ->
d1t03 - Franklin's Tower
d1t04 - Cassidy
d1t05 - Brown Eyed Women
d1t06 - Mexicali Blues
d1t07 - Tennessee Jed
d1t08 - Big River
d1t09 - Peggy-O
d2t01 - Sunrise
d2t02 - The Music Never Stopped
d2t03 - Bertha ->
d2t04 - Good Lovin'
d2t05 - Ship Of Fools
d3t01 - Estimated Prophet ->
d3t02 - The Other One ->
d3t03 - Drums ->
d3t04 - Not Fade Away ->
d3t05 - Comes A Time ->
d3t06 - Sugar Magnolia
d3t07 - Uncle John's Band
1) The matrix begins at 1:51 of Help, preceded by a twenty-second AUD fade-in.
2) Two "click" sounds in Help, and one in Sugar Mags, in the SBD source, were removed using Soundtrack Pro.
3) Minor shifts in levels/mix in the SBD at various points.
November 4, 2014 Subject:
Lots of Barton nay-sayers
I know it's "just like your opinion, man", but I really disagree with some of the reviewers who say that the Barton show is sloppy or overrated. I'm not saying it's the best show, but the Brown Eyed and Jackstraw are the cleanest versions I can find (this Brown Eyed is also very good). Also Barton possibly the definitive Scarlet>Fire. Barton was really my first taste at live Dead so I guess I'm also a little biased. :)
This show is also really great, as I prefer the higher energy shows. Mexicali is nice and groovy and a nice Big River.
September 15, 2014 Subject:
Great sounding matrix Hunter, this one made my morning.
May 27, 2014 Subject:
Another terrific non-Barton Hall show that shows you how overrated the Barton Hall show is.
November 21, 2012 Subject:
What is it about Buffalo?
The Dead always rocked the hell out of the Queen City. I grew up across the water in Toronto, but unfortunately was born too late - a '89 baby, the Dead were before my time. Still, my first "show", if seeing the more-or-less tribute band currently known as the Dead, was in Buffalo in '09 at HSBC Arena. Sound sucked, crowd sucked, the playing passable. Made me wish I had been born early enough to be in Buffalo on a very different spring evening some 32 years prior.
The Help!->Slipknot->FT is incredible. Arguably the most enjoyable three-song progression played in May '77 - doesn't get much better than that.
June 24, 2012 Subject:
Show and matrix!
May 9, 2012 Subject:
Well, what more is there to say than Happy 35th anniversary to one hell of a band, performing one hell of a show! The music never stops!
Whether you think 5/8 or 5/9 is the better show (I personally prefer the 25th!), there's no arguing that May '77 was one of the Dead's major peaks. Without comparing this to other shows, it stands on it's own merits as a rock-solid performance from start to finish. The Comes a Time is sublime and a definite standout.
What excited me most was hearing this show again as a beautifully mixed matrix... one of the better ones I've heard on the archive,
November 8, 2011 Subject:
Dude, use some punctuation.
At the very least, give me a comma...but a period would be extra special. Just kiddin' man.....
i can't believe only 1 person mentioned Comes A Time if theres a better one out there haven't heard it yet this show is just as good as the beloved Cornell show as are a couple at end of May especially Baltimore my personel all-time favorite as is Boston before Cornell this show smoked i hate to give it a 5 just cuz it's May 77 but i just can't rationalize anything lower the whole show was sweet yes even the Sunrise and i'm not a big Donna fan good recording and show
October 31, 2011 Subject:
Spirited show -- GREAT recording/matrix!
Wow. Listening to this made my day. Thank you!!!
October 30, 2011 Subject:
Wow... Just Wow!!!
I'm starting to really, really dig matrix mixes. This one is a really good, really warm mix of a really great show... 'nuff said!
April 22, 2011 Subject:
Yes, Even Donna Had a Great Night
Silly Jinglebell. Sunrise is gorgeous. Best ever? Yeah yeah, I know, not much of a contest. But still, shelve the Donna prejudice for a few minutes and turn on the ears :-) I was lucky enough (historically speaking) to see Donna three times, and the performance was ... perplexing. That's not news. But she could be a gorgeous singer, with a sweet voice and that loose Southern swing, and this night was one of those times. Not much to add on the rest; spectacular show in a historic month, of course.
June 21, 2010 Subject:
This is what a great 1st set in 1977 sounds like, tremendous energy and great playing throughout. I do prefer 5-8-77's 2nd set only slightly over this 2nd set. (Scarlet>Fire over Bertha Good Lovin any ol' day) But this is the better 1st set.(even though Sunrise still stinks) The two shows draw so much comparison. The 1st set here is fantastic, this show really has all you could ask for, The Help.Slip.Franlins opener is flat out great. 2nd set Ship of Folls and Comes A Time has Jerry at his all-time greatest, the Uncle Johns is near perfect. I lived in Buffalo, at the time I was in 8th grade all I cared about was crappy music, though I can tell you my parents never would have allowed me to see this show even if I had a clue at the time. Great sound recording too, top line quality.
February 20, 2010 Subject:
Best first set during may 77
5-8-77's first set is kinda ho hum standard with a little bit of jam in Be women, the second set while vastly overtalked may not be as overrated as I once thought. The post drums is phenomenal!!
5-9-77 has truly my favorite first set of 77
going to revisit all of the month sequentially this may
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August 20, 2009 Subject:
I disagree about Cornell...
But you are right about the fact other HUGE GEMS also exist, this being one of them. I think the people in the know realize this, and I am happy it is Barton Hall, it is a wonderful show fully inspired. This whole year is filled with creativity and opening the door to newer heights. The birth of Terrapin, Estimated, Fire, Slip, Franklin's, etc.. are all around this time and their most difficult songs to play. This year they tightened it up quickly and with passion. almost all the shows display this one way or the other. Its as if any reservations they had of being something other then a musician has left their minds for good. They embrace their destiny and deliver. No need to squabble over which is better, that's in the eye of the beholder, or ear for that matter. Peace to everyone, dose me again.
May 11, 2009 Subject:
far better than cornell
This is a wonderful sparkling show, much better than Cornell, much more consistently 'on' and crackling with energy.
But I guess, once Cornell got talked about, it snowballed and no one wanted to be caught saying that they 'couldn't see the emporer's new clothes'. It's sad that Cornell has become the representative to the GD; a show that keeps non-initiates scratching their heads saying "[other than the 'morning dew'], this sounds really sloppy and uninspired".
May 10, 2009 Subject:
This version sounds pretty damn good. I prefer a stronger soundboard presence in the matrix blends...A vintage '77 show. Check it out...great first set, Franklin's, Cassidy, Big River, T-Jed all very well done, second set ain't the most cooking of the week, but does the job enough to satisfy...rare '77 comes a time...